Pioneering director and writer Raoul Peck is genius at pushing boundaries- using film to tackle global historical events and tough subject matter, while still engaging audiences politically, artistically and socially. A thought leader of global proportions, Peck’s films courageously and effectively examine complex global problems associated with power, justice and leadership.
The prolific Haitian director has created both award-winning narratives and documentaries that have screened globally on the big as well as small screens. Peck’s sensitive use of the camera’s eye, ability to transform actors, and knack for storytelling have edutained audiences on: the war in Rwanda, Congo leader Patrice Lumumba life and assassination, corrupt dictatorship in Haiti, and the post-traumatic humanitarian effects on Haitian people resulting from earthquake relief aid complexities. All film examples which are said to be “acts of political protest against injustice and corruption.” compassionate, effective and unique storytelling that teach, stir audience emotions and anticipate redemption.
Fatal Assistance, Moloch Tropical, Lumumba, Sometimes In April, The Haitian Corner, Man By The Shore, Corps Plonges, Chore Catherine, and Lumumba Death of a Prophet make up his incredible body of filmworks. Most recent movie releases include: a narrative entitled “The Young Karl Marx” and “I Am Not Your Negro,” a masterful documentary on literary great, James Baldwin, that ties the Civil Rights Movement of the past to the present day Black Life Matters movement and unsettling the racial climate that we are facing today.
His compassion and keen understanding of the human mind pave the way for films with emotional impact. His numerous honors include three from the Human Rights Watch Organization. Raoul Peck is fluent in French, English and German. His profoundly unique life experiences on three continents and his up close view of post-colonialism give him the knowledge base, credibility activist-like courage to create impactful moving visual images without boarders.
The founder of Velvet Film, a production company, which produced or co-produced all of his films, an author, and chairman of the board of one of the most prestigious film schools worldwide.
An in-demand teacher and speaker, Raoul Peck has taught at the Berlin Film & Television Academy and the famous Tisch School of the Arts in New York. In 1995, he returned to Haiti, serving as the Minister of Culture but returned to filmmaking after 18 months when the island fell into political turmoil. Still, he remains a champion of the Haitian people. Peck is the founder of Foundation Forum Eldorado, an organization dedicated to the development of Haiti’s rich cultural heritage. He was appointed chairman of French film school La Femis in 2010. Peck is one of the most compelling filmmakers of our time.
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